Celebrate Black Stories

Welcome to the #ForTheLoveOfReadingChallenge! Take part in our reading challenge all month long by using the challenge hashtag on TikTok, Twitter, Instagram, and/or in our Between the Chapters Facebook Group. Readers who check off just ONE book in the challenge and post about it will be entered to win a romance grab-bag of must-reads. Visit our Facebook Group to learn all about the challenge.

Black stories and Black authors often don’t get the visibility and accolades they deserve and this part of the reading challenge is a great way to not only mindfully address that lack, but perhaps discover your next auto-buy author.

Wild Women and the Blues by Denny S. Bryce

Jazz age Chicago meets modern day, and two very different people have more connecting them than they thought. A bright, dazzling glimpse into one woman’s climb to the top and the secrets she’s carried the whole of her long life contrasted with one young man’s journey to tell a story that may not have the ending he expected.

A Duke, the Lady, and a Baby by Vanessa Riley

A West Indian heiress, a murder, false imprisonment, and a wounded hero all make for an addictive tale that will have you turning the pages up until the very last.

Binding Shadows by Jasmine Silvera

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Set in beautiful Prague, where the author lived, a witchy research assistant battles evil necromancers and her own powers to find love and redemption. A tasty alpha hero who isn’t an alphahole. Great for fans of A Discovery of Witches.

The Perfect Ruin by Shanora Williams

Revenge is best served scalding hot in this steamy tale of seduction and betrayal. Her plan is to ruin the woman who took everything from her, but her games become too real and our protagonist finds herself at the mercy of her own devices.

The Score by Kiki Swinson

With twists and turns to rival the best maze, the double-crossee turns double crosser, but not everyone accepts betrayal so easily and even the best predators are at risk of becoming prey.

Ghost Summer by Tananarive Due


Tananarive Due is a juggernaut of a storyteller and this collection of tales is rich with elegant prose that steals you out of place and time to anchor you deep in her subtly terrifying narrative. So much so, you feel every chill, every shadow and wonder just what exactly is in the dark.